dell vista MBR

Discussion in 'Dell' started by mattsdaddy, Sep 8, 2007.

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    Brian K Guest

    I now gather that is not present. Do you think differently?
    Brian K, Sep 13, 2007
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    Brian K Guest

    .. Does anybody

    Can you see the files from a BartPE CD?
    Brian K, Sep 13, 2007
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    Ben Myers Guest

    I am assuming that you cannot access the partition with photos etc at all. If
    that is a correct assumption, you can try to repair the partition table. "Try"
    because that particular block of data on the hard drive may have gone south.

    Ranish Partition Manager is a bit of free software that allows you to modify all
    the elements of a partition table. I have used it a number of times to create
    the non-standard partition that contains the Dell diagnostics.

    To use Ranish, you generally need a DOS-bootable floppy diskette drive. For
    the DOS part, you can use either FREEDOS or the file needed to create a bootable
    Windows 98 floppy, which can be found at the bootdisk web site. Or you can
    download and burn a CD from one of several free rescue CDs that contain Ranish.

    .... Ben Myers
    Ben Myers, Sep 13, 2007
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    S.Lewis Guest

    I came in late to the thread, so please dismiss if you've already tried.....

    Can you install the drive as a slave/2nd drive on another machine and verify
    the partition is accessible - the copy/drop/drag your files off??

    S.Lewis, Sep 13, 2007
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    mattsdaddy Guest

    I placed the drive into my desktop. the partition seemed to be fine.
    There was an issue with the MBR and file allocation table. I used a
    program called Pro Soft media tools. It did the best at correcting the
    file allocation table. I also used the windows repair tool on the CD.
    between these three program, I finally got the machine to boot, with
    no apparent erros when I scandisked the drive in Vista. I tried Panish
    Partition manager, with little suceess.
    mattsdaddy, Sep 16, 2007
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    Ben Myers Guest

    Ranish is somewhat inscrutable except for people accustomed to working with
    binary (hex, really) data.

    .... Ben Myers
    Ben Myers, Sep 16, 2007
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